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Ignite Cafe is saying goodbye

Ignite Cafe will close at the end of June 2024 due to changes in external funding.

Since 2014, Ignite Cafe has supported around 50 participants each year to gain valuable work experience and find pathways into the hospitality industry. Jesuit Social Services thanks the Ignite team, Boroondara Council and our patrons for helping support our vision of building a just society.

For more information, please contact:

Thea Whitaker
Ignite Cafe Manager

Ignite Cafe is a Melbourne social enterprise cafe where people experiencing barriers to work or training can come to build skills and connections. The cafe provides:

  • a nurturing, supportive and welcoming hospitality environment for volunteers, staff and community members
  • accredited, hands-on cafe training under the guidance of skilled mentors
  • practical pathways into employment

Ignite Cafe is about more than coffee: it’s a safe and inclusive space where all people are free to be themselves.

Coffee with a cause

Ignite Cafe offers people with barriers to work or education the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the hospitality industry. Need catering for your next morning tea meeting? Support Ignite Cafe by ordering one of our catering options – get in touch at ignitecafecamberwell@jss.org.au.

I’ve learnt a lot of great skills here, met a lot of great people. Whether you’re looking into hospitality or you love coffee, I would recommend this course.


Cafe Operations participant